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An Open Letter to ESL Writers

ATTN: ESL Writers. Makealivingwriting.comThis is a hard letter to write. But I get letters from you every day, ESL writer, and I feel you deserve an answer.

You email me or hit me on Facebook, from Pakistan, or Kenya, or other points around the globe.

You’re not the rare ESL writer who’s impressively fluent, and whom I only learn from in-depth conversation wasn’t born speaking English.

No, you’re a writer who seems to think you’re fluent in English, but you aren’t. Not even close.

Despite your shaky grasp of English, you’ve fixed on the idea that freelance writing for English-speaking clients is the career for you. And you’re writing me because you want me to help you get paid writing gigs.

I’ve been working to spread hope to writers about the opportunities to earn from their craft for 8 years now. But I’m afraid today, I’m the bearer of bad news.

You probably don’t have the skills to earn a living writing in English. And I want to encourage you to stop banging your head against this brick wall before you starve.

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The 10 Personality Traits Freelance Writers Need for Success

Top personality traits of freelance writers. Makealivingwriting.comAfter over 15 years as a freelance writer, and many more years writing for a living as a staffer, I’ve concluded that I’m weird.

Seriously!

There are things other people hate that I strangely seem to like.

I’m kind of addicted to taking on seemingly impossible assignments, for instance.

That got me thinking about what it takes to be a freelance writer, personality-wise.

I asked my audience on this blog’s Facebook page, too, and got an earful.

If you’re wondering if you could make it as a freelance writer, consider whether you’ve got these 10 useful personality traits for successful freelancing:

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Writing for a Content Mill for $400 a Post: This is Happening

The Rise of 'Move-Up' Content Mills. Makealivingwriting.comI’ve spent the past 8 years of my life helping writers move up from content mills to better pay.

So what I have to say now may shock you.

I’m no longer advising writers to avoid all online platforms that sign up loads of writers.

What the what?

See, I recently had a chance to peek behind the curtain at one emerging platform that recruited me to write for them — and I liked what I saw.

Here’s why I’ve changed my tune on online writer sites…

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How to Overcome Abuse and Become a Full-Time Writer

How to Overcome Abuse and Become a Full-Time Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you ever let your personal “issues” hold you back when it comes to your writing career?

I have – after going through some very toxic relationships and it nearly ruined both my career and my life. But I managed to come out on top.

I was able to become the well-paid writer I was meant to be. So, how’d I manage to overcome a legacy of toxic abuse and build a thriving writing career?

Would you be shocked if I told you that my “issues”  literally became my content niche? They did these days, I’m also a certified life coach who specializes in narcissistic abuse recovery.

So why am I writing about abuse? Why do I keep talking about it? Because I’m a survivor myself.

Quite honestly, I feel the universe planted this particular niche in my front yard for a reason. These days, I make a pretty healthy living from my work and yes, I’m writing every single day now. Here’s how it happened…

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The Secret Terrors of a Successful Freelance Writer

Secret Terrors of a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.comEvery writer I meet seems to think they’re the only one who’s scared. That successful freelance writers don’t suffer doubts.

Many imagine that once you ‘make it’ and get some bylines or great copywriting clients, the fear goes away.

Let me burst that bubble right now.

Fear is a writer’s faithful companion, as ever-present in our lives as our laptop or our pen.

The secret is to learn to make peace with your fear demons. Don’t let them keep you from shining your light.

One of the most toxic fears comes from the suspicion that we are the only one who’s petrified.

But I’ve never met a good writer who doesn’t have their own private terrors. To prove it, I’m here to share mine.

But let’s start with the fears I’ve learned other writers have. I asked my readers two questions on Facebook this week about their writing fears — and the floodgates opened.

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How a Newbie Blogger Negotiated a 100 Percent Raise

Newbie Bloggers: Get a 100% RaiseIn early 2016, I landed my first freelance blogging client.

It was a big win for me, even though it wasn’t in my niche. The client reached out to me, after seeing some of my blog posts on Facebook.

But there was a problem. I had no idea what to charge — and the client wanted to know my rate.

I pored over everything I could find online, asked around, and finally settled on a rate of $50 per 500-750 word blog post. I sent the editor my rates, and voila — I had my first contract in place.

I jumped into writing awesome blog content for this client. But it didn’t take long to start second guessing my rate. Was I charging enough for this type of work? What were other writers charging for similar blog content? What would need to happen to raise my rates and keep this client?

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